What can I expect at preview?
Students and parents/guests attend sessions together unless noted otherwise.
9:30am, Check-In, North Mall of Webb Center. Includes coffee and danishes.
10:15am, Taking Care of Business (Paying for College, Computing on Campus, Safety)
11:00am, College Presentations
12:00pm, Lunch & Organizations & Services Fair, optional campus tours
1:30pm, Course Registration (Students only) and Parent/Guest Programming (Guests only)
3:00pm, Optional residence hall tours
5:00pm, Program ends
How much does it cost to attend on-campus preview?
The cost of orientation programming is included in a $75 New Student Transition Fee that the university assesses to all new, degree-seeking, non-distance undergraduates. The fee covers orientation and other transition programming. It will be included in your fall tuition bill.
How much does it cost to bring a guest?
If you'd like to bring a guest to Preview, there is a $25 fee per person, which should be paid when you register for the event. To make an online reservation, you may pay using a credit or bank card with a Visa or MasterCard logo. To pay by check/money order, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-683-3428 to request a hard copy of the brochure and reservation form.
When is it held?
Preview dates fill on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to make a reservation early. Any travel arrangements and/or hotel reservations should be made after your date is secure. Keep in mind that you'll enjoy greater flexibility while choosing your classes if attend an earlier Preview.
Where can I find directions, transportation and lodging options?
Click here for a campus map, directions, transportation options, and a list of area hotels.
Housing and Residence Life invite families to stay overnight in a residence hall suite (Ireland House). The rate for overnight accommodation is $80 (taxes and fees included). Amenities: a suite, private bathroom, linens, and wireless internet access. Please allow us to prepare for your arrival... Return the reservation form within 7 business days of your Preview date.
What should I bring to preview?
Please bring your MIDAS ID and password, University ID Number (UIN), a print-out of transfer credits (if applicable), a photo ID to obtain your ODU ID card, pen and paper, and a jacket (it gets cold in Webb Center). If you're majoring in the College of Business and Public Administration, you're also encouraged to bring a draft resume.
Where should I park?
Parking Garage E on 49th Street at Bluestone Avenue (by the football field) on levels 2, 3, and 4. Avoid metered spaces. A staff member will direct you to Webb Center.
How do I make a reservation?
Before registering, make sure you:
- Have paid the Admissions Fee and waited 2 business days for it to process (contact Admissions at 757-683-3685 with questions)
- Understand our date change and cancellation policies,
- Have read the New Student Checklist,
- Know your University ID Number (UIN) and ODU student email address.
- Understand that you must take the Writing Sample Placement Test; please read the linked website for specific instructions.
- Complete the Online Orientation
Is online orientation required?
Yes. You will need to take the Online Orientation before you can register for an on-campus Preview.